Program Manager II

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 January 2020
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Job Description

Job Summary:

You will manage and provide technical oversight of the development and implementation of the Country Program (CP) emergency and resilience programming , particularly the multi-year German-Government funded, KFW-managed ‘Stabilization and Reconciliation in the Lake Chad Region (STaR) Project’ that support high-quality programming to advance Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of the STaR project.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of the STaR project’s resilience and recovery activities with interventions in community infrastructure; agriculture & rural livelihoods, social cohesion and local governance that are intended to contribute to stabilization and reconciliation in the most affected regions of the Lake Chad Basin.
  • Throughout the project cycle, ensure project design, start-up, implementation and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.
  • Effectively manage talent for the STaR project and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Lead the development of program learning - identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in the area of recovery and resilience programming. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices.
  • Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP emergency sector portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP strategic priorities. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals.
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in emergency, recovery and resilience programming for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
  • Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of partnerships relevant to emergency, recovery and resilience and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate project expenditures in line with financial plans and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.
  • Monitor staff adherence to security protocols including: ensuring that Project staff are aware of, and comply with, CRS personnel safety and security policies and procedures and the dissemination of safety and security SoPs/plans.
  • Attend security related meetings with partners and other actors on behalf of CRS and ensure the that the CoP, CR and HOO are informed of developments and recommended outcomes from these meetings.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Economics, International Relations or related studies is required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience implementing emergency, recovery and/or resilience programming, preferably in emergency program settings. Experience with community infrastructure construction/rehabilitation programming a plus.
  • Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO in volatile security environments.
  • Familiarity with Sphere standards.
  • Knowledge of CRS and/ or demonstrated ability to manage partnerships with faith-based and secular partners.
  • Ability and proven experience transferring knowledge through formal and informal training.
  • Experience managing staff, budgets and planning processes
  • Excellent writing, editing and publication skills.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Team-oriented and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong group process design and facilitation skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to motivate.

Required Languages - Excellent French and English, oral and written communication skills required.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30 %.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good experience in project grants and contracts management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including KfW.
  • Experience managing complex local procurement processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations.
  • MEAL skills and experience preferred.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none)

Chad STaR Program Manager I and Head of Sub-Office,

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: STaR Chief of Party, Chad Head of Office, Country Representative for Cameroon & Chad, CRS Cameroon Head of Operations, CRS Cameroon and Chad Finance Managers.

External: Donor Officials, SECADEV leadership, UNAD Director, Government of Chad Ministries, and other stakeholders

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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